Berlin Jazz Festival Reviewed

Cecil Taylor at moers festival 2008

Source: Jazz Journal.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d heard that Berlin jazz audiences can let artists know what they think in no uncertain terms. Two years ago there was a fracas and walk out when the audience objected loudly to Kurt Elling’s performance with the WDR Big Band. In 1969 Cecil Taylor was famously booed by traditionalists. So how would the audience react to this year’s six-day programme of avant-garde jazz and free-form improvisation?